SecretLentil

upcycled reconstructed deconstructed eclectic clothing

New York, United States · 1014 Sales

SecretLentil

upcycled reconstructed deconstructed eclectic clothing

New York, United States 1014 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Helen

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Announcement   Oh my goodness. I started selling upcycled clothes here in 2006, when the internet was still broadcast in black and white. Here's what I have right now. Also: some years back I ventured off to my own site, where I offer my handmade eclectic, one-of-a-kind, linen and wool and cotton and silk clothes. I'm all about the sweet spot where comfort and weirdness co-mingle joyfully. - helen

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Last updated on Aug 13, 2016

Oh my goodness. I started selling upcycled clothes here in 2006, when the internet was still broadcast in black and white. Here's what I have right now. Also: some years back I ventured off to my own site, where I offer my handmade eclectic, one-of-a-kind, linen and wool and cotton and silk clothes. I'm all about the sweet spot where comfort and weirdness co-mingle joyfully. - helen

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DrabLove: Khaki Upcycled Asymmetric Skirt
US$58.00
DrabLove: Khaki Upcycled Asymmetric Skirt
US$58.00
black upcycled tunic
US$58.00
striped sweet gray and yellow upycled skirt
US$58.00
Pollen Courier, Full Time, with Benefits
US$73.00
Ambient 4 / On Land: upcycled tunic
US$73.00
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Many new upcycled pieces have been added to my shop. And later this week I'll have a cluster of sweaters up. Yay!

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What's she BUILDING in there? 20+ new listings, with a whole bunch more on the way.

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About

I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes ...

Hi, I'm Helen Carter. I'm a friendly freak - a minimalist with a strong absurdist streak who likes to make clothes that explore, blend, cross and possibly desecrate all the lines within those realms. I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes.

About the work: I like dour things with hidden punchlines. I like outrageously funny things with dark underbellies. I like turning one idea into one dress in one fell swoop, on a good day. I dream that my work could somehow emerge from - and exist outside of - the blip in time where we are stuck together. I love that idea even though I'm not sure exactly what it means. I also enjoy making jokes that no one gets. But mostly: I'm committed to the paradox of making meaningful clothing.

About the process: I sew intuitively, blending materials and techniques to suit my needs. I like deconstructing. I like exposing the process. I like to combine the sturdy with the raw. I embrace wabi sabi, even if that becomes a trendy thing to say. Right now I'm working in small themed batches of maybe a dozen or so pieces, made one at a time in my studio, then transformed by hand-dyeing down in my cool basement.

About you: I'm interested in pairing eccentricity with comfort for you. I'm interested in dressing women of all shapes and ages. I'm drawn to those of you who have strangers whisper "I wish I could get away with that" into your ear. I want you to get away with it. I want to propel you along on your path by helping you look the way you feel. I'm interested in sincere wildness and joining others who are exploring a deep, abiding wild authenticity.

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  • helen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I make these things.

  • mike

    Photographer, Packer And Shipper, Shelf Putter-upper, Ledge Talker-downer

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